SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes and C.D. Olimpia of Honduras played to a 2-2 draw in an international friendly on Saturday night at PayPal Park. San Jose opened the scoring early with a third-minute goal from Cade Cowell, with Matthew Hoppe subsequently doubling the first-half lead at the outset of stoppage time. However, C.D. Olimpia responded with a goal of their own moments later before the halftime whistle and equalized six minutes into the second half for the final tally.
The Earthquakes will now return to MLS action to play Austin FC on Saturday, October 21 for Decision Day. The match will kick off from PayPal Park at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on MLS Season Pass (Apple TV), as well as on local radio via 810 AM The Spread (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
The Earthquakes now hold an 11-11-14 all-time record in international exhibitions, including a 2-0-1 record against C.D. Olimpia.
Keegan Tingey and Oscar Verhoeven made their first professional debuts tonight. Both players signed with San Jose earlier this year.
Matthew Hoppe registered a goal and an assist tonight, running his streak to three goals and one assist in his last five matches across all competitions.
Benji Kikanović contributed to both San Jose goals, amassing two assists.
Two days after being named to the MLS’ 22 Under 22 list, Cade Cowell scored the opening goal for the Quakes in the third minute.
San Jose Earthquakes 2 – 2 C.D. Olimpia
Saturday, October 14, 2023 – PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
Man of the Match: Matthew Hoppe
SJ (1-0) – Cade Cowell (Matthew Hoppe, Benji Kikanović) 3’
SJ (2-0) – Matthew Hoppe (Benji Kikanović) 45+1’
CDO (2-1) – Yustin Arboleda (Edwin Solano) 45+4’
CDO (2-2) – Jerry Bengston 51’
SJ – Michael Baldisimo (caution) 57’
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski (Emi Ochoa 40’); Oskar Ågren (Casey Walls 71’), Tanner Beason (Daniel Munie 46’), Tommy Thompson (C), Paul Marie (Keegan Tingey 46’) (Oscar Verhoeven 71’); Judson (Michael Baldisimo 46’), Niko Tsakiris (Cam Cilley 71’), Matthew Hoppe (Ayo Akinola 46’); Cade Cowell (Will Richmond 71’), Jack Skahan (Cruz Medina 71’), Benji Kikanović (Ousseni Bouda 71’).
Substitutes not used: Edwyn Mendoza.
C.D. OLIMPIA: José Mendoza (Alex Naid Guity 46’); Axel Maldonado, Bryan Beckeles (Juan Pablo Montes 66’), Jose García (Elvin Oliva 75’), Carlos Sanchez; Carlos Pineda, Gabriel Araujo Caralho (Yan Maciel Dos Santos 46’), Jose Pinto (Felix Garcia 82’), Edwin Solano (Kevin Lopez 65’); Jerry Bengston (C) (Demetri Gordon 78’), Yustin Arboleda.
Substitutes not used: None.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ
On takeaways from the match tonight:
“The game was very helpful. We got young guys getting experience, we got guys offloaded that needed a rest, and we got guys that needed minutes getting minutes. For Cade [Cowell] to get a goal and [Matthew] Hoppe to get a goal, and actions with Niko [Tsakiris] involved and Judson in the back line, it was really positive and I think that it is going to help us in our preparation for Austin FC next Saturday.”